Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
From the Burnpile
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Play another heartstring
Alanna Stewart | memphis | 05/08/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have always thought that cello rock is an extremely interesting and bizarre genre of music. After discovering its existance with bands like Rasputina, I was hooked. Bonfire Madigan's first full-length album, From The Burnpile, not only has a cello, but has, unlike Rasputina, guitars, drums, organ, contrabass, and turntables. Bonfire Madigan has a indie rock kind of accessibility, also unlike Rasputina with their strange humor. Lead singer/songwriter/cellist Madigan Shive's voice is not only gorgeous, but distinct, expressive, and emotional, like the cello itself, in fact. Shive's voice, in songs like "Snowfell Summer," jump from sweet to fiery to delicate and papery. In "For Life Long" she is hyperactive, voice range jumping all over the scale. Just before the song's climactic finish, after Shive first coaxes us with her original spirt, building steadily out of a soft, barely-there bridge, she falls into an urgent whisper which almost immediately shifts into a cat-like shriek. This alternates back to an even softer whisper before the sound becomes huge and full with Madigan Shive's vibrant command - "Don't you go away from me!" Madigan Shive does write beautiful lyrics, which compliment her voice tremendously. Whether fierce ("I refuse to be a window display today") or sweet ("I'm trying to write you a love song because I know it's time you heard one") or amusing ("Junebug, get outta my cello") or just poetically and visually interesting ("We were burned by that brand new snow"), Shive's voice and lyrics are always tied beautifully with the music. This album proves that the cello is indeed appropriate and welcome for all moods. It weeps in "Promised" and dances in "Backseat Buoy" and laughs in "Junebug." Songs like "Anthemic Amendments" make appropriate use of the turntables and sampling. Even with only ten tracks, Bonfire Madigan's From The Burnpile proves not only to be amazing and beautiful, but defiantly eclectic. Anyone who appreciates the cello or an intriguing voice will enjoy this album. This amazing recording proves true "Tinikling On A Tightrope"'s repeated sampling that "change is good, necessay, and inevitable.""
Burned by the brand-new snow.
tarot1234 | 10/26/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"possibly the most stunning piece of contemplative, universal art-folk since Drake's _Pink Moon_, Bonfire Madigan's Kill Rock Stars debut _...From The Burnpile_ paints a bitter, hopeful, and unusually danceable view of modern queer life. The sort of disc you'd want to hear in the vintage shop on the other side of town that you never get a chance to go to until finally you do and find the perfect $10 shirt. Highly reccomended."
Punk, cello, nice
tarot1234 | 05/10/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
""...from the burnpile" is a very good cd, and i can personally say that i liked it immediately. songs such as "smoke signals from the burnpile" and "for life long (scars)" are definitely very catchy, whereas "dishes and spoons" could be perceived as very tragic, and completely heartfelt. basically, there is something for everyone on this cd. madigan has a beautiful, infectious voice, which compensates for the fact that she may not be the strongest cello player, at least on this cd. if you want a highly listenable punk/rock/folk-y hybrid, purchase this cd. if you were more interested in the cello part, i would recommend rasputina...but that is another story. *meaningless ramblings from the strange little girl in striped tights*"